My next foray into the Alec Bradley lineup is the American Classic Blend, which is a Nicaraguan-made cigar meant to be reminiscent of the milder blends that used to be made in Tampa. The first thing that struck me was the overall appearance- a nice, satiny mousy-tan wrapper with a very attractive band. The wrapper, which is a Connecticut-seed leaf grown in Honduras, is almost veinless, and at first glance doesn’t even appear to have seams.
The rest of the cigar consists of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, specially selected and aged for mildness and light body.
The construction, from a superficial viewpoint, is excellent. The wrapper looks so smooth, and the cigar is so uniformly firm, with a very nicely finished cap, that based upon appearance, this cigar, which should retail from about $5 upward (depending upon state and local tobacco taxes), looks much more expensive than it is.